Statement by Ambassador Mitsuru Kitano at the IAEA Board of Governors Meeting starting on Monday, 4 June 2018 Item 5: Verification and Monitoring in the Islamic Republic of Iran in light of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231(2015)

Thank you, Mr. Chairman,
Japan appreciates the Director General’s report on Verification and Monitoring in the Islamic Republic of Iran in light of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231, dated 24th May 2018 (GOV/2018/24). We also highly value the recent technical briefing by the Secretariat on the 30th of May.
Japan continues to firmly support the JCPOA. It strengthens the international non-proliferation regime and contributes to the peace and stability of the Middle East region. The United States announced on 8th of May that it would withdraw from the JCPOA and begin the process of reinstating US sanctions on Iran. The US withdrawal from the JCPOA is discouraging. Japan will remain in close communication with the relevant parties to maintain the JCPOA. Iran’s steady implementation of the JCPOA is the basis for further cooperation between Iran and the international community, including Japan. In this regard, Japan will support Iran’s implementation in a concrete manner.
Mr. Chairman,

It is of great importance that the Agency continues to verify and monitor Iran’s implementation of the Additional Protocol and its other nuclear related commitments under the JCPOA. It is also essential that the Agency’s regular reports to the Board provide adequate information on Iran’s implementation. The Director General’s latest report contains appropriate and sufficient information, which Japan highly appreciates. This information serves the objective of increasing the transparency of the implementation of the JCPOA.  Complementary accesses are an extremely important tool to assure the peaceful use of nuclear related activities and Iran’s timely and proactive cooperation is required.

Japan also takes note of the additional information in the latest Director General’s report about Iran’s plans to construct naval nuclear propulsion. Japan hopes that further clarification and information will be provided from Iran in this regard.
Mr. Chairman,

I would like to emphasize that the support of the international community remains crucial, as the Agency assumes an increasingly important role.  It is, therefore, extremely important for the IAEA to secure sufficient resources in a seamless manner. In this context, we look forward to seeing the largest possible number of Member States actively providing financial support to the implementation of the agreement. Furthermore, other types of support are of importance, and Japan continues the necessary support which contributes to the implementation of the JCPOA.
Mr. Chairman,

The exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear programme and non-diversion must be ensured through the full implementation of the JCPOA. In this regard, the early ratification of the Additional Protocol by Iran is essential.  Japan hopes that the Board of Governors will continue to address the issue of verification and monitoring in Iran in its future meetings, based on regular reports by the Director General that contain adequate information regarding Iran’s implementation of its commitments.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.